ELIX Polymers

We are combating climate change

Climate change is a global challenge we must face: adaptation and mitigation are two sides of the same coin which we incorporate into our sustainability strategy.

Our "Caring about climate" project represents a step forward in our commitment to the protection of the environment and the reduction of our environmental footprint, as well as an opportunity for us to adapt to climate-related risks.

CARING ABOUT CLIMATE

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

  • Reduce our carbon and water footprint by 15%
  • Improve ELIX’s capacity to adapt to climate change.
  • Contribute to climate change adaptation by restoring local coastal biodiversity.

ACTION PLANS:

  • Reduce our environmental footprint.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of ABS through Circular Economy strategies.
  • Reduce ELIX’s risks associated with climate change.
  • Locally restore degraded coastal and fluvial ecosystems
  • Participate in international compensation programmes for biodiversity loss and carbon emissions.

REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT

We have policies which define our commitment to environmental protection:

  • Environmental and Sustainability Policy
  • Energy Policy

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Reducing our environmental footprint means improving our energy performance and reducing our waste generation and water consumption.

Programa de Eficiencia Energética

Energy Efficiency Programme

<strong>Programa de Aspectos Medioambientales Significativos

Significant Environmental Aspects Programme

Proyecto de Minimización de Aguas Residuales de Alta TOC (carbono orgánico total)

Project for minimising wastewater with high levels of TOC (total organic carbon)

Our plan is to reduce our environmental footprint by exploiting our energy efficiency and waste management programmes already in place, and adopting renewable energy and carbon compensation technologies.

ZERO PELLET LOSS PROGRAMME

ELIX forms part of a value chain of microplastics in the form of resin pellets and plastic powder. Though ELIX is not the direct cause of plastics being present in the sea, it does form part of the plastic life cycle, and therefore commits to being part of the solution.

To help face this global problem, it is important to act locally. Our Zero Pellet Loss Programme, started in 2017, aims to eliminate loss of granules, flakes and powder, and avoid the deposit of these materials into rivers and oceans, formalising our commitment to achieve SDG 14 for the protection of sea life.

At the same time, we carried out measures throughout the whole year to improve our facilities and operations:

  • Reduction/elimination of microplastic loss in our facilities.
  • Inclusion of ELIX’s laboratories in our inventory (up until 2020 the production sites and packaging and logistics plant were included in our inventory, but not laboratories.)
  • Adherence of all our logistics operators to the OCS Programme.
  • Preparation of an awareness campaign to be launched in 2021.

Energy efficiency

We reached all of our specific reduction goals, in this way improving our energy performance

108.475.783 kWh

PLANT TOTAL FOR 2019

1 % VARIATION 2019-2020

1.069,42 kWh

TOTAL PER TONNE OF ABS PRODUCED

−2,3 % VARIATION 2019-2020

In 2021 we will recuperate the programmes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will plan new actions to continue improving our reduction of energy consumption.

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The carbon footprint of our organization

Carbon footprint calculation provides us with useful information for identifying those stages of our activity with the highest environmental impact, and helps us to focus our efforts on diminishing it.

ELIX'S GHG EMISSIONS (2020)

18.492,76

TONNES OF CO2 eq

−12,0 %
VARIATION COMPARED TO 2019

0,18

EMISSIONS PER PRODUCTION
(tCO2eq/t ABS+SALES)

−17,0 %
VARIATION COMPARED TO 2019

72,8

EMISSIONS PER EMPLOYEE
(tCO2eq/employee)

−13,0 %
VARIATION COMPARED TO 2019

VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS FOR REDUCING GHGs

As a member company of the Voluntary Agreement for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions programme of the Catalan government’s Climate Change Office, we presented our updated emissions inventory along with a proposal for new actions and information on our improvement measures already in place.

The most significant measures are:

  • The substitution of conventional lighting for LED-type lighting.
  • The reduction of natural gas by optimising processes in one of our plants.
  • The specific reduction of steam consumption involving operational monitoring actions throughout different facility areas.

Significant reduction measures planned for 2021 are:

  • Continue with lighting substitution.
  • Reduce natural gas consumption by 3 % through the optimising of set points in thermal oil circuits, setting in motion an automatic transition system in plants and optimising minimum flow in the combustion chamber of the residual air treatment plant.
  • Reduce the specific consumption of electrical energy by 1,5 % by revising our maintenance strategy, researching the optimisation of electricity consumption in extruder pumps, and applying energy efficiency criteria when purchasing new equipment.

The carbon footprint of our products

We calculate our products’ carbon footprint using a full-scope Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) known as “cradle-to-gate”, which takes into account the extraction and processing of raw materials up until the final packaging of a product to be distributed.

This is the third consecutive year we’ve lowered our carbon emissions from ABS production.

CARBON FOOTPRINT PROGRESSION (2018-2020)

Relación entre tipo de transporte y huella de carbono

Source: includes ABS manufacturing and distribution processes; that is, raw material consumption and transport to ELIX, energy use, air and water emissions, waste management and transport to authorised waste management facilities, and transport of final products to customers. Also taken into account is the amount of intermediate SAN and powder produced and sold.

Other emissions

Contaminating atmospheric emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide have hazardous consequences on the health of people and the environment.

NOX EMISSIONS

ANNUAL AVERAGE PER SOURCE FOR EACH PLANT (mg/Nm3)

LEGAL LIMIT

EMISSIONS IN 2020

1. Styrene copolymer and acrylonitrile production plant.
2. Waste gas treatment plant.
3. Thermal Oxidation Gas Treatment plant.

CO EMISSIONS

ANNUAL AVERAGE PER SOURCE BY PLANT (mg/Nm3)

Our emission levels of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide are much lower than current regulations permit.

Waste management

We are gradually shifting from linear collection and treatment management by an authorised facility to management with a circular economy perspective, constantly searching for ways to recuperate and revalue our own waste

We strictly monitor the proper and improper management of all our waste, identifying aspects we can improve such as labeling, packaging, location or warehouse deliveries.

2.841 t

TOTAL GENERATED WASTE

-9,6 %

VARIATION 2019-2020

3,2 %

TONNES OF TOTAL WASTE PER TONNE PRODUCED

3,2 %

VARIATION 2019-2020

ABS production requires the use of dangerous chemical products and creates highly hazardous waste, which, if poorly managed, can pose serious health risks to people and cause environmental damage. Our protocols for monitoring and managing these products are stringent and comprehensive.

MAIN MANAGEMENT CHANNELS

(MANAGED TONNE PER CHANNEL/TONNE PRODUCED)

2020

VARIATION 2019-2020

  • 67%

    RECICLADO

  • 22%

    PREPARACIÓN PARA LA REUTILIZACIÓN

  • 2%

    INCINERACIÓN (CON RECUPERACIÓN ENERGÉTICA)

We've maintained our downward trend in waste generation and have managed a 91 % reduction.

HAZARDOUS WASTE AND MANAGEMENT CHANNELS(t)

2020 VARIATION 2019-2020
LANDFILL
(vertedero + incineración)
6,9 -82,2 %
RECOVERY 574,4 −9,4 %
TOTAL 582,3 −13,6 %

We've reduced all of our hazardous waste by 13 %.

The greatest overall reduction was due to having completed the substitution of fiber cement on the roofs of some of our facility buildings.

WASTEWATER

We have a management contract with Covestro Industrial Park, which is where our wastewater is treated.

  • Low organic content water: This is the result of our cleaning processes and is collected at an internal plant where we carry out physicochemical pretreatment to separate sludge (filter cakes) from the water that is sent to Covestro’s wastewater plant.
  • High organic content water: This is generated in the precipitate and drying plant and is sent directly to a specific tank in the Park to be treated at a water purification plant outside the park facilities.

Covestro carries out periodic contamination analyses of ELIX’s incoming and outgoing water. We also carry out our own strict monitoring of pH, TOC and suspended solids in our wastewater.

Our water footprint

In the current context of climate change, predictions are that the Mediterranean coast will be one of the most affected areas. Water will become a scarce and precious good which will need to be distributed according to its different uses: domestic, agricultural and industrial.

We work to improve our efficiency in the use of this resource and to reduce the vulnerability of water drainage basins due to fresh water depletion. Our sustainability strategy 2030 sets the ambitious goal of reducing water consumption by 15% in comparison with 2017.

At ELIX we use closed circuit refrigeration water -- thus, there is zero consumption.

WATER CONSUMPTION

2020

VARIATION 2019-2020

125.878,85

TOTAL INDUSTRIAL WATER (m3)

-3,9 %

Water use efficiency:

1,24

WATER CONSUMPTION RELATIVE TO PRODUCTION (m3 /t ABS produced)

-8,1%

73,43%

INDUSTRIAL WATER CONSUMPTION WITH RESPECT TO BASE YEAR 2013

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